About Hawthorn West Primary School

Principal’s Welcome

Dear Parents,

Hawthorn West Primary School is a dynamic and vibrant learning community where tradition and innovation are woven into the culture and practices of the school. The school caters for approximately 510 students from Foundation to Grade 6 in facilities that are a mix of new and old buildings. These spaces can be used flexibly and are supported by a collaborative, team based approach to teaching and learning.

Starting school brings with it many changes. The close relationship you have enjoyed with your child will be enhanced by a partnership with teachers at school. A key factor in student success is fostering a sound partnership between home and school through clear and regular communication. At Hawthorn West Primary School we encourage and support all parents to be actively involved in their child’s education.

At Hawthorn West Primary School we provide a quality education through stimulating and child centred learning programs. Our teachers are professional and committed educators who strive to improve the learning outcomes of all students in their care.

HWPS has a long history of community involvement and actively encourages our students to contribute to our local community. Through community involvement we believe our students learn about leadership, responsibility and appreciation of diversity. We aim to develop students who are confident, competent, articulate and resilient individuals. Through their active involvement in school life our students are inspired and motivated to achieve their best and make a meaningful and positive contribution to society.

We look forward to sharing in your child’s learning journey.

Kind Regards,

Glenys Williamson


The National Schools Board was established in Victoria in 1851 to provide non-denominational education for those preferring schools apart from the churches. A public meeting to establish the National School in Hawthorn was organised by Sir James Palmer on the 9th January 1853. Hawthorn National School officially commenced on 28th February 1853 in a building near the corner of Barkers Rd & Church St before moving to a pair of corrugated iron houses in Burwood Road.

The first stone of the present school was laid on the 19th November 1853. The school building opened on the 28th February 1854 and consisted of two classrooms built from bluestone quarried in Richmond. Subjects taught in the 1850’s were reading, writing, simple arithmetic, geography, scripture and drawing. Attendance wasn’t compulsory and many girls were not educated at all. School hours were 9am to noon and 2pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday and on Sundays the building was used for Sunday school. The national board of education report for the school for the year ended 30 June 1854 recorded an average student attendance of 79 (50 boys and 29 girls).

In 1863 the Board of National Education was formed and all schools were listed in alphabetical order and given a unique number, this school was called “Hawthorn Common School No. 293”. The school became Hawthorn State School No. 293 in 1872. The Education Act of 1872 introduced a compulsory secular and basically free education throughout Victoria and cost of the state school buildings and teachers became a charge on public funds.

In 1878 two single storey bluestone classrooms were added to the school on the west of the original classrooms. In 1885 three brick classrooms were added, one downstairs and two upstairs.

From 1918 the school became Hawthorn West Central School. Central schools offered the first two years of study for High School, forms 1 and 2.

In 1921 the school was remodelled and modernised providing additional classrooms and accommodation for a science room, store room, office and teacher’s room.

During the Great Depression, there was a fall in attendance and the school helped provide support to local relief organisations. During the Second World War (1939-1945), the Dads of many students were away at war. Schools were depleted of staff, equipment and money. Many teachers worked in factories or on farms during their holidays to assist in the war efforts. Retired teachers were recalled to fill vacancies when younger teachers went to war.

In 1953 the school celebrated a hundred years spent in childhood service. The day was filled with celebrations and at a special assembly in the west yard, each child received a centenary medal (six hundred were struck) and an ice-cream.

The opening of Richmond High School in the 1960’s resulted in the end of High School years at Hawthorn West and in 1971 the school became “Hawthorn West Primary School”.


Hawthorn West Primary School

2A Wood Street,

Hawthorn, 3122

Tel: 03 9818 2233

Email: hawthorn.west.ps@education.vic.gov.au


Principal: Glenys Williamson

Assistant Principal: Daniel Vuik, Justine Poulter

School Council President: Gabriella Lorenzetti

Business Manager: Linda Hudson

Administration: Millie Angliss, Nicole Ralph, Tania Finocchiaro

School Day & Bell Times

Students can access classrooms and get ready for the day

School Commences

9:00am – 9:50am
Session 1

9:50am – 10:40am
Session 2

10:40am – 11:10am
Recess break outside

11:10am – 12:00pm
Session 3

12:00pm – 12:50pm
Session 4

12:50pm – 1:05pm
Lunch (Eating time in classrooms, supervised by teachers)

1:05pm – 1:50pm
Lunch break outside

1:50pm – 2:40pm
Session 5

2:40pm – 3:30pm
Session 6

School Dismissal